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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

What is the LEAD Fellows Program?

Founded in 1990 by the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which is based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Bonner Program is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. The LEAD Fellows Program follows the Bonner model which is active in 65 colleges and universities across the United States, supporting community work opportunities for more than 2,400 undergraduate students. The program seeks to change the lives of the students, their communities, and the nation by providing access to education and opportunities to serve. The Augsburg LEAD Fellows Program started in 2008.

How many students are in the LEAD at Augsburg?

35-40 students participate every year.

How are students chosen to be LEAD Fellows?

Applications for the program are reviewed in February and August, for students to begin in September. Most new LEAD Fellows are incoming first-year students and rising sophomores. Students are chosen based on financial need, their interest and experience with social change, civic, political, and community engagement.

What type of job would I have as a LEAD Fellow?

The LEAD Program at Augsburg University has many different community partner organizations and programs that host students for a variety of work opportunities. Student jobs range from working as an after-school program assistant, to organizing a neighborhood coalition, to working on food justice with the Campus Kitchen project.

How do I know if I’d make a good LEAD Fellow?

Students who are interested in civic engagement, social justice, equity, community based work, politics, and developing their own leadership skills make excellent LEAD Fellows.

What is the time commitment?

LEAD Fellows work an average of 10-15 hours each week in the community, and participate in regular meetings and workshops – about 4-6 hours a month.